Athlete of the Week: Ethan Spurlin

by Alissa Stietha
Staff Writer

There is little doubt that Transylvania’s men’s basketball team shows promise of an excellent 2011-2012 season. As the team aims to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, junior Ethan Spurlin will not only focus on bettering the team, but himself.

Spurlin’s breakout season has not been without hard work in “improving every day in practice, learning from my mistakes, making everyone around me better and focusing on the goals set by our team,” he said.

Junior Ethan Spurlin has averaged 20 points per game, which has helped the Pioneers to a 5-0 start.

Spurlin averages 20 points a game, playing an average 35 minutes in each contest.

Head coach Brian Lane noted that Spurlin does not say much while on the court.

“(But) his actions speak volumes,” said Lane. “He gives everything he can for his teammates to be successful.”

Spurlin focuses on consistency and pushes his teammates to do the same. He and the men’s basketball team competed against the top-ranked Division I University of Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena in November. While Transy didn’t win the “Battle on Broadway,” the experience was one that proved Transy’s strength as a team. Despite the loss the men’s team played strong until the final buzzer.

“Playing UK at Rupp Arena was an amazing opportunity that I will never forget, and I am grateful for it,” said Spurlin. “It gave us the chance to represent Transylvania and we did everything we could to do that.”

As for the remainder of the season Lane can only see Spurlin continuing his success.

“He has turned into a complete player,” said Lane, “one that understands how important his work ethic is to the other guys on this team.”

The basketball team has already defeated Transy’s rival Centre College, but the remainder of the season is yet to come. Spurlin has demonstrated the benefits of becoming a complete player as seen by his improved statistics and amount of time played. He aspires to be an example for his teammates.

“(Spurlin) has made everyone around him better and can make this team even better,” Lane said. “When one of your top scorers is also one of your hardest workers in practice you have something special. He has been consistent in his effort and we rarely have to push him to play harder.”

Entering its match against Earlham College Wednesday, Transy held a 4-0 record, 1-0 HCAC. The Pioneers hit the road against Manchester College Saturday before taking a week off for finals.

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